Dutchman is a play written by African-American playwright Amiri Baraka, then known as LeRoi The play’s title evokes images of Dutch ships that carried slaves across the Atlantic. The subway car itself, endlessly traveling the same course. Dutchman. Amiri Baraka. CHARACTERS. CLAY .. Your grandfather was a slave, he didn’t go to Harvard. CLAY My grandfather was a night watchman. ~. Amiri Baraka, born Leroi Jones in , is a poet, playwright, novelist, critic, and politcal activist. Best known for his highly acclaimed, award-winning play.

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Dutchman and the Slave – Leroi Jones – Google Books

In he co-authored the autobiography of Quincy Jones, and was a supporting actor in Warren Beatty’s film Bulworth. It is not dtuchman that Clay was already a furious, full of hatred type man, or Lula forces him to burst into a crisis, but it is obvious that Amiri Baraka shows that racist hatred and prejudiced Dutchman shows the tense relationship between white and black society. He won a scholarship to Rutgers University inbut a continuing sense of cultural dislocation prompted him to transfer in to Howard University.

In all, this was shocking brash and avant garde when it was written, but now, it seems to lack the same confrontational impact as it did when it was written or carry the kind of nuance that modern theatre demands. This play is nothing but a poor description of racism and murder.

You just don’t know what’s going on and most of what the play is about is what you can imagine and infer. And the only reason it received as much as 2 stars is because it was mildly interesting. The play was written by Leroi Jones before he changed his name to Amii Baraka and does quite aimri bit to explain why Baraka’s writing is, at least for a while, much less complex and nuanced than Jones’s.

She obviously knew nothing about Clay’s life thee how African American people dytchman and was extremely ignorant in acting the way she did toward him at the party and making such gross racial slurs.

In Baraka became a full professor at Rutgers University, but was subsequently denied tenure.

Mar 18, Marc Kohlman rated it liked it. He is learned cutchman a degree and uses vulgar and profane language, which Jones employed in many of his works, to express his opinions.


Dutchman was the last play produced by Baraka under his birth name, LeRoi Jones. Seems to be out of print and I would like to get my hands on a barska Dutchman and Eldridge Cleaver’s writings have got a lot in common, I’d say.

Was hoping he would have overcome and killed Vessels. They illuminate as with a flash of bara,a a deadly serious problem–and they bring an eloquent and exceptionally powerful voice to the American theatre.

Lists with This Book. When this play came out, a black president was science fiction, if not an out and out impossibility. It is not certain that Clay was already a furious, full of hatred type man, or Lula forces him to burst into a crisis, but it is obvious that Amiri Baraka shows that racist hatred and prejudiced minds cause violence, which is depicted as an alternative way of raising black voice.

Aug 11, Jason Williams rated it really liked it Shelves: Not only does it have a schizophrenic feel, but it left me and I’m sure others as well at a loss. He slaps her twice and tells her to leave him alone. Mar 13, Rejjia Camphor rated it it was amazing. It also showed how much yhe a marginalized insecure person Lula is.

Dutchman opened in New York City on March 24,to perhaps the most exc Centered squarely on the Negro-white conflict, both Dutchman and The Slave are literally shocking plays–in ideas, in language, in honest anger. I did the lighting for the piece during its Philadelphia premiere at Society Hill Playhouse. In Dutchman and The Slave, both plays published inAmiri Baraka he was still LeRoi Jones at the time presents two plays that explore a search for Black identity and consciousness and a question djtchman sanity.

Protest Literature class, having read some of LeRoi Jones aka Baraka’s poetry which also is direct, aggressive, and opinionated. While these plays are explosive today, just howling off the page, it’s impossible if you weren’t there to imagine their effect at the time. This is even evident in contemporary society with how cases are handled when whites massacre people of color but don’t get labeled terrorist or seen badly but people of color do.

Who is also literally drunk. It’s treatment of the main female This play is a time capsule of the early sixties. This is what this play reminded me of, specifically the scene in Act II were Clay switches places with Lula and he becomes the enemy at the hands of a white woman. They’ll murder you, and have very rational explanations.


Compared to Bigger Thomas, Vessels character is a man who has been influenced very hard by his experiences, is consumed with conflicting emotions, and spits on the laws of society. Lula is angered by Clay’s not falling for her manipulative tactics.

Dutchman & The Slave

Account Options Sign in. Clay’s entire rant from pages used a akiri of revolutionary words and the tone is honest, strong, and unapologetic. Dec 28, Jhoel Centeno rated it really liked it. She tells Clay to invite her out to the party he is going to. And yet, here it was, on stage no less, with all of its symbolic and actual power. In the Dutchman, we witness a subway ride with Clay, a earlys middle dutchmzn black man, and Lula, a closer to 30, provocative wh The Dutchman and the Slave are two plays by Leroi Jones Amiri Baraka bqraka Maybe it was inbut it seems to me that it could only have been surprising to people completely out of the loop i.

It is also symbolic of integrationist and assimilationist ideologies within the contemporary Civil Rights Movement.

The idea was in the air still is that black people would be happy just to be able to participate. His acclaimed controversial play Dutchman premiered in and received an Obie Award the same year. This page was last edited on 20 Septemberat Thanks for telling us about the problem. So The Slave is a science fiction play that takes place in the middle of the race war everyone in the 70s was afraid would happen. I was embarrassed by Lula, who is everything a woman should not aspire to be.

These are shocking, angry plays, but especially for the time, gestures such as these were probably the only things that could wake up some people.